Join Whatcom County adults and kids - and some movie stars - for Bike to Work and School Day


Bike To Work

Jessica Bandstra rides with her children Noah Bandstra, 6, and Isla Bandstra, in sidecar, on Northwest Avenue on their way to school on the annual Bike to Work and School Day in Bellingham, May 18, 2012.


Chewbacca, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin will be at this year's Bike to Work and School Day - and so will the sun.

"The weather is supposed to be gorgeous so we are anticipating high turnout, which is exciting," said Mary Anderson, who is the event coordinator for Everybody Bike.

Whatcom County residents are being encouraged to leave their vehicles home for the 17th annual event, which is 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 16.

Make sure to roll into a number of "celebration stations" sprinkled around Whatcom County for some cheer and goodies.

Treats and small prizes for participants will be at the stations, including biking gear and gift certificates for Rolfing and restaurants.

At least 43 businesses donated items.

Also, people who stop by a celebration station will get a Bike to Work and School Day sticker that will be good for discounts at local businesses, Anderson said, and they can choose a limited edition patch kit or lip balm while supplies last.

New this year is a celebration station at Iowa and Lincoln streets, and businesses sponsoring some of the celebration stations.

One such sponsor is the Pickford Film Center, which will bring cardboard cutouts of Chewbacca, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe to the celebration station at Bill MacDonald Parkway and Samish Way for photo ops. The Pickford also will be raffling off free movie passes.

Find a list and map of the celebration stations at

If you've been thinking about commuting by bike, this is a good day to try it.

"It's a great opportunity to try riding your bike to work or school. There are thousands of people who participate in Whatcom County. There are more people out on bikes on the road and car drivers expect to see more cyclists that day," Anderson said.

Plus, you might get a prize.

Organizers counted 9,050 participants last year.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or

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